US Congress orders inquiry into Haitian president’s assassination

The law, adopted by the Senate Thursday night, gives the State Department three months to produce a report supposed to provide a “detailed description” of the circumstances surrounding this assassination.

This report must also examine whether there has been any interference in the official investigation into the president’s murder and whether any of its perpetrators may have been employed by the US government in the past.

Earlier this month, a former Colombian soldier accused of having been part of the group of about twenty men who killed Jovenel Moïse and seriously injured his wife in their presidential residence in Port-au-Prince, on July 7, 2021, been charged in the United States.

More than 40 people, including fifteen Colombians and Americans of Haitian origin, have already been arrested as part of the investigation.

But many questions remain as to the motivations behind this assassination, which has further plunged into uncertainty the Caribbean country plagued by poverty, insecurity and corruption.

“We are very concerned that a Haitian government that is both unstable and corrupt is authorizing or allowing further human rights violations,” Senator Ben Cardin, one of the authors of the law, said in a statement on Friday.

The law also calls for an investigation into a massacre in the slum of La Saline, Port-au-Prince in 2018, in which dozens of people died.

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